Self-knowledge through self-tracking devices: design guidelines for usability and a socio-technical examination from posthumanity perspective
Avcı, Burcu (2015) Self-knowledge through self-tracking devices: design guidelines for usability and a socio-technical examination from posthumanity perspective. [Thesis]
The Digital Era introduces emerging product categories that have evolved around certain habits and concepts. One tendency in the Information Age is recording and storing quantitative and qualitative data based on an individual's life by using ubiquitous computing devices. Such products, bringing self-observation and autobiographical memory capabilities to an extreme level, have the potential to morph human beings by augmenting and altering their self-understanding through presenting previously nonexistent information regarding their lives. The diversity found in this product range is increasing parallel to the growing demand. However, the meaning of these products for human life is rarely discussed. It remains a question whether these personal logs lead to an enriched self-knowledge for their users or not. This thesis aims to investigate the design principles and the influences of self-tracking products and services on daily life within a socio-technical framework in order to establish a connection between selftracking by ubiquitous computing devices and the notion of self-concept.
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